Heggies Vineyard is part of Hill-Smith Family Vineyards, planted at high elevations in the Eden Valley region of South Australia. Much of the wine is sold through major retailers or exported. The focus is on white wine, particularly chardonnay. These samples were submitted for my impressions, let me know what you think in the comments below.
To be an institution in the Melbourne wine trade you need to have been around for at least ten years and retain the elements that made you so amazing in the beginning. After 20 years as the owner-operator of Armadale Cellars, Phil Hude is most certainly an institution. He’s been in wine retail for 30+ years, and has seen a great many wine trends come and go, and supported several Australian icons since they were young winemakers. Phil and I recorded this episode down in the wine catacomb of Armadale Cellars, discuss how Phil got into the business, his unique approach to wine retail over the years, and the exciting events that are being run to commemorate two decades of continuous wine retail on High Street.
The first I became aware of Bob Colman was as a listener of my wine podcast The Vincast, and met him in person at Rootstock Sydney 2015. He’s been a fan of the new wave of low-intervention wine in Australia, and started making his own using fruit he purchased, made in his shed in the Blue Mountains. This is own of his 2016 wines, which he donated to the cause whilst visiting Melbourne recently. Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!
A wine from d’Arenberg that I hadn’t encountered before (not hard considering they make a few), a blend of bordeaux varieties that celebrates the tradition of small batch ‘Garage’ winemaking. Let me know if you’ve tasted this wine before and what you thought!
Some more submissions from d’Arenberg in the McLaren Vale region, new vintages of two of the best known wines they make. Let me know if you’ve had any experience with either of these wines, or indeed anything from d’Arenberg and/or McLaren Vale.
d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab 2016 – RRP $15.00
d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original 2014 – RRP $18.00
Undoubtedly one of the most prolific wine producers in the McLaren Vale region is d’Arenberg Wines, producing over 60 different wines from at least 25 grape varieties. On this edition of Let’s Taste I look at the 2014 vintage release of the three Icon red wines, and deliver my assessment. Let me know what you think in the comments section below!
The Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mouvedre 2014 – RRP $65.00
The Dead Arm Shiraz 2014 – RRP $65.00
The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – RRP $65.00
To say that the 2017 vintage was different to the 2016 vintage would be one of the biggest understatement ever. Just speaking personal circumstances, this year not only did I finish up with my employer of over three years and start with a new importer/wholesaler, I also welcomed the arrival of my first child! Considering the location I made my wine at this year is a lot further from home than last year, I wasn’t able to be at the winery as much this year. Then I ended up increasing production from one tonne to five tonnes! I also worked with three new varieties; vermentino, nero d’avola and nebbiolo. Finally, the 2017 vintage was late and long; first grapes arrived on the 19th of March and last were the 24th of April!
On this Part One video I process all the fruit. Processing involves the intake of grapes, and making the first decisions for the wine (whether to press, whether to de-stem, whether to do neither). This is all before the fermentation begins and it transitions towards wine.
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Like so many in the industry, Brian Walsh got into the wine business almost by accident. As a teenager from the McLaren Vale, he was more interested in surfing that wine, but needing a job he took what was intended as a temporary position with Chateau Reynalla. He spent 20 years working in the McLaren Vale before accepting the position of chief winemaker at Yalumba in the Barossa in 1988. After an incredible 26 years he stepped away from full-time winemaking, and now sits on a number of industry boards, including the chair of Wine Australia.
Moss Wood was the first commercial vineyard planted in the Margaret River region, and since 1969 it has built much of its international reputation on its Cabernet Sauvignon. I was thrilled an honoured to be sent a bottle of the 2014 vintage and be able to share my impressions of one of Australia’s most iconic wines. Let me know your thoughts below, what’s the best Australian Cabernet Sauvignon you’ve ever tasted?
Witchmount Estate is one of the closest wineries to central Melbourne, and has been producing outstanding wines for many years. Having been submitted some samples I was thrilled to taste some Witchmount wines on Let’s Taste for the first time! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Witchmount Lowen Park Sangiovese Rosé 2016 – RRP $19.00
Witchmount Estate Cabernet Franc 2016 – RRP $32.00
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